[tz] [PATCH] New file time.tab, superseding zone.tab

Derick Rethans tz at derickrethans.nl
Wed Jul 23 10:06:35 UTC 2014

On Sun, 20 Jul 2014, Alan Barrett wrote:

> On Fri, 18 Jul 2014, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > New file time.tab, superseding zone.tab
> > It allows multiple country codes per zone.
> I worry that entries with a single latitude/longitude point intended to refer
> to multiple countries, will cause trouble in selecting a time zone by
> latitude/longitude, especially where the user's location is far from the
> location chosen to represent the time zone.
> Here are some of the entries that I am referring to:
> > +MZ,BI,BW,CD,MW,RW,ZM,ZW	-2558+03235	Africa/Maputo	Central Africa Time (UTC+2)
> > +RS,BA,HR,ME,MK,SI	+4450+02030	Europe/Belgrade
> > +TT,AG,AI,BL,DM,GD,GP,MF,LC,KN,MS,VC,VG,VI	+1039-06131 America/Port_of_Spain

What worries me more about this is that names like "Belgrade" are now 
used for Croatia and Slovenia. I thought we had come to a conclusion 
(quite some time ago) as to *not* mess with timezone IDs and replace 
them by links? 

I will say again that I am very much against messing with 
links and IDs, and much more for "keeping things as they are". Stability 
is very important, and I can assure you that these changes will result 
in me (as PHP Date/Time maintainer) getting flak for this; just like 
Stephen (cc-ed) will for the java variant of this.


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